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Sylvan Learning Center offers individualized in-person or online educational support to children and their families. Most of its students receive a combination of tutoring, homework assistance and help with college prep and study skills.

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Canfield, OH

We had private tutors before but Sylvan was more structured and more organized… We have them for Math and English. The tutor was able to improve my son's knowledge and gave him sk...

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Toledo, OH

One of my coworkers told me about Sylvan Learning Centers. So far, the program has been building my son's confidence and is working on comprehending what he is reading. It has bee...

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What is Sylvan Learning Center?

Sylvan Learning Center offers test prep, college prep and tutoring courses. Every child’s learning plan with Sylvan is individualized to their needs — Sylvan combines teaching and technology to ensure each child gets the support they need to succeed. It starts by assessing each child to create a personalized plan. Then, tutors start the program, adapting alongside the child as their skills grow.

Families have the option to choose between an online or in-person schedule at one of the many Sylvan Learning Centers across the nation. Online tutoring is live and offers the same benefits as in-person sessions.

Sylvan Learning Center costs

Sylvan offers a variety of affordable and customizable educational programs. Each plan includes convenient scheduling and flexible payment options. All prices are set by local facilities, so costs vary widely. For example, personalized tutoring starts at $44 per hour in Kansas City, Missouri and $57 per hour in Brooklyn, New York.

Its other programs include a hybrid curriculum designed to support in-school learning. Sylvan also offers test prep, tutoring, classes, camps and college prep. These services start at around $50 per hour.

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How much does Sylvan ACT prep cost?

ACT prep costs around $46 per hour, on average. Costs vary depending on location.

Does Sylvan offer financial aid?

Yes. Local Sylvan Learning Centers offer financial aid and scholarships based on financial need. These are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How much does Sylvan Learning Center cost per month?

Tutoring starts at $44 per hour. Depending on how many sessions you need per month, the cost can vary greatly. Sylvan recommends that children with intensive tutoring needs enroll in two to three tutoring sessions per week.

Is Sylvan Learning Center a good franchise?

Yes. Sylvan is trusted by many families, schools and communities. Many reviewers state they had positive experiences with the company.

Is Sylvan Learning Center worth it?

Sylvan Learning Center is a well-known name in the education industry. With a variety of services and the ability to personalize programs for each student, Sylvan offers a solution for most families in need of educational assistance. Though prices range greatly from location to location, Sylvan typically offers reasonable rates when compared to local tutoring companies.

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Reviewed July 24, 2023

My daughter goes to public school and it is a good public school but some of the teachers don't have the extra training or skill to deal with certain questions or tutoring needs that the students may have. That could be a problem, whereas Sylvan is trained for this. They offer SAT prep at her school but it wasn't enough. It was for a day or two, whereas she's getting SAT prep for the whole summer with Sylvan. She's getting Math help and she's feeling a lot more comfortable in Math. She has an IEP. I noticed that her confidence has grown and she looks forward to going to Sylvan every time we go.

I brought her to Sylvan for Math and SAT prep so she can retake the SAT. She doesn't approach it with as much anxiety because she used to have so much anxiety doing Math. And they gave her permission to get the answer wrong. It's okay and we can do it again. There's no rush. She's comfortable and relaxed. She has problems with focusing sometimes and attention, but Sylvan manages to help bring her back to what she needs to do. They are very skilled because I studied how they interact with other children.

My daughter has been going to Sylvan for four months now and she never said she doesn’t feel like it. It's your kid. You could see and tell a difference, and I noticed the confidence. We're still working on it but she's come a long way. I’m very positive that this will be something that will last a lifetime. Sylvan is expensive but I'd rather pay now and empty my pockets. It's a pretty penny and I see why. So, I'm looking at this whole experience as a reward and an investment for her future and her self-esteem. It's worth every bit of it. You don't have to like math, but at least accept that you need it. And I'm so happy I brought her here. I'm relieved.

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    Reviewed July 2, 2023

    My grandson’s grades were continually going down. I tried a list through the school of tutoring but there was difficulty and I was at my wits’ end. Then, I even asked his counselor to call him back in to see how he was doing when I had my second phone call with him. And he never did. I wasn't getting help at the school. And they're in the Crown Point School System. It is great if you're a good student but I wasn't getting him the help he needed. I was emailing and talking to teachers. They had an advisory class and the kids would have to leave and go to the class. And then he would tell me they were doing some testing. On his part, he didn't wanna leave the class out of embarrassment that he needed help. So, I needed to get him away from the school environment because he didn't wanna feel like he didn't know his studies.

    I just happened to be in therapy and the therapist and I were having a conversation. If I wouldn't have had her recommendation, I still would have been floundering. So, I would be able to save the school some steps and aggravation because it was a daily chore trying to figure out how to get help for my grandson. It's appalling that the school didn't have any answers for me.

    I'm very happy with Sylvan’s program. Jen, the director, is very good and I enjoy talking with her. She's very thorough and gives good feedback. Jayden’s doing very well in attending there. As far as his attitude, I have no problem getting him there. So far, everything's been great. I'm gonna try to keep him going during the school year. It's gonna be a little bit of a struggle, but I gotta try to make something work out. The learning experience is good. He was going at the end of last school year to go for help with homework and it was helping. He was struggling. It's happened two years in a row where he was doing good at the beginning of the school but as learning got harder, his grades were declining. So, hopefully, I see a change in eighth grade. He had two years of e-learning, so it hit him hard.

    I just spoke with the tutor yesterday regarding my grandson’s progress in Reading for the summer program and he is achieving skills. So, he's going into eighth grade. He was reading at a sixth-grade level and now he's almost up to a seventh. He's not there yet but he's still in the program. He goes from 8:30 to 9:30 and one of the teachers that he has was a substitute at his middle school, so he knows the one. He enjoys all the teachers so he hasn't complained about any of them.

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    Reviewed July 1, 2023

    We're happy with Sylvan. I like that with them, my daughter has a tutor, whereas with ABCmouse, it was just me at home. We love Miss Janet. We've requested that she'd always be our tutor. My daughter was having an issue with another one and she kept saying she didn't wanna go back. But when we stay with Miss Janet, she's wonderful. She's always willing to go in with smile on her face, and work.

    Sylvan has a good reward system. On average, my daughter completes anywhere from seven to nine lessons. When she completes a lesson or does something, she gets a point for each one. They have a little store which is like a bookshelf that they put prices on. The students can pick a prize and save their points until they make that price. Then they get to take it home when they win their prizes. My daughter loves that. When she turns back her homework in, she'll always get a sticker on her homework and sometimes an extra point for turning it in.

    The tutor would write out sentences that she wants my daughter to copy or letters that she's working on to work on her handwriting. My daughter would come home and we'd trace those then turn them back in. While we were in school, I asked her teacher when my daughter had been going for about a six-week period. She said that my daughter's handwriting was looking a little bit better and that she seemed to know a few more sight words and a couple more alphabet letters.

    There was some misunderstanding recently though. I thought this whole time that my daughter had been doing both math and literacy, but she had only been doing the reading aspect. But that just switched so now we're focusing on both. If I have any questions, I wait till either the beginning of the session once they walk out to tell the kids to come or till the very end when they're dismissing kids. I'll ask the questions and they usually answer my questions right there. I would recommend Sylvan ‘cause I don't see any regression.

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    Reviewed March 26, 2023

    I was a Sylvan student 25 years ago and it helped me tremendously. I was in third grade and could not read. And after the summer that I spent at Sylvan, I ended up going to college for teaching English. And I am a prolific reader. So, I knew whenever other people had recommended other things and I said, "If Sylvan isn't still around, we'll go somewhere else. But if Sylvan is an option, that's definitely my first choice." So, when I realized that my boys needed a supplement, we looked up and found out that the Sylvan in our area is still owned by the same family that managed it when I was there 25 years ago. So, I called and got my boys signed up. We love it.

    My middle son is on the spectrum, but he still is really thriving at Sylvan even though they don't have specific lessons for children on the spectrum. He's doing well. And they reward him based on how he is improving at his rate versus an age goal, which was a problem in a lot of other places. They wanted to tutor him at grade level for age, but that wasn't where he was. But Sylvan tests him, they see where he's at, and they go from there versus making the functions about where he should be based on his age. So, the people there at Sylvan have been wonderful.

    I bought the Sylvan workbooks and I started using those that I ordered in our home-school for his reading five words and Math. My boys only go to Sylvan right now for reading, but I use the workbook for both reading and Math. And the teachers have been good. I have taken the book up there several times and asked them to find the unit that they are currently working on in class and that way, I can reinforce what my boys are doing in class in our at-home work. We have already seen a lot of improvements in the fresh perspective.

    It feels much like it was 25 years ago where they give them their lessons. We didn't do work on tablets, but that's just part of being a child now is that you have to learn to navigate electronics. But still, the encouragement, even though it's not quite one-on-one, I like that they're at small group tables, and now that they've been going for a while they've gotten to know the teachers. It hasn't changed that much, in a good way. I have two friends who also home-school who are trying to contact the Sylvan that I go to, to see if they have a slot where they could get their kids in.

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    Reviewed Jan. 11, 2023

    Our son is so behind and we didn't want private. He needed structure. My sister had used Sylvan for her kids and she's a teacher. So, with my sister being a teacher, we knew that Sylvan was one of the better ones to use. My son is really behind in sight words. So he's focusing in reading. It's really gotten him a confidence builder at this point and it's seen him grow. Our son has ADHD and has a form of dyslexia where he sees shadowing. We got him the prism glasses, so that's helped. Sylvan's really given him the confidence that he's really needed.

    Now that he's on medication, he can really focus and he's jumping right where Tommy said he was gonna jump. He's really jumped. So, that's what was really good. The director there has done a great job saying, "Okay, this is where we're gonna see him and this is where he's gonna done." My focus is to get him ahead going into second grade. Now that we have him on ADHD medication, we'll see that jump even quicker.

    My son likes school now and it's great. He likes to be read to, but he's starting to want to read, which is great. We haven't been going to Sylvan that long, but we're starting to see the little jumps and those little wins are great. With him having ADHD and with him having a learning disability, we're in Sylvan for the long haul. It's not like we're gonna ever be done with Sylvan. We're probably gonna be paying for Sylvan for years because we're always gonna need the extra support. I tell others all the time to go to Sylvan. If somebody asks on Facebook who to go to for tutoring, I tell them to go to Sylvan.

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    Reviewed Sept. 19, 2023

    They're helping my son in ELA which is reading and writing and also Math. They did their own individual testing when we originally started to find out what level my son was at, and then after that, worked with him on getting him up to grade level. Now, we're at the point where he does homework with them, plus some of the Sylvan Learning program work. They've been very responsive and willing to check in with me and my son. Willing to change things up when they feel like he's struggling in a specific area or change things up because he's advanced in a certain area, another challenge in order to keep his mind active and present for the academic year he's in.

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    Reviewed Sept. 19, 2023

    We used Sylvan in other states, so we knew that it worked. We had also used that particular one a year and a half ago and our son had great success. This time, our son wasn't behind, but he was right on the cusp of not being above grade level. We wanted to push him over his grade level, so we went back to Sylvan Learning again, and he has definitely improved. He loves going to Sylvan. Always has. He really loves the gift thing where he gets to pick out rewards as well. We're very happy with Sylvan Learning, and I've highly recommended it to many people. Even for older kids, it seems to do really well.

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    Reviewed Sept. 18, 2023

    I was looking for an SSAT prep and an organization with an office. And Sylvan Learning has been around for a long time. It’s the only place near us that is open all year long. I'd like to have a teacher meet with my son one-on-one on a weekly basis. The other ones are intense summer camps, which takes three hours every day for three weeks. So, it's too much for the summer. But Sylvan is a few months. My son sees the teacher and then, he can do some online stuff. The teachers and staff are very polite. There are always two teachers per one child for safety reasons. The location is very convenient and the place is very good and clean. It has two doors and Sylvan locks both doors, unless there are a lot of people coming in and out. The experience has been good with Sylvan but it’s too soon to say if my son is gonna improve.

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    Reviewed Sept. 17, 2023

    We reached out to Sylvan because they were more specialized. It was attractive because of the flexibility with the hours and the intense one-on-one tutoring. Sylvan was advertised locally and was in close proximity. We did Math and English for our child and the tutor was excellent. The tutors are subject matter experts. Sylvan has been great.

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    Reviewed Sept. 13, 2023

    I had two grandkids that went to Sylvan. One needed help with reading and my other granddaughter was in every area. With my oldest granddaughter, they helped her with phonics, the sounding of the letters and putting letters together. For my youngest, it was repetition because she was not retaining anything that she was learning. It's a little pricey, but Sylvan is a great place for your kids to go to get the extra help that they need. We had a great experience. My grandkids loved it. They liked going.

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